Matt Lohry

About Me 

I have had an interest in historic bridges for as long as I can remember. Around my childhood home in St. Louis County, MN, historic truss bridges were as plentiful as one could imagine--now, there are only a few left, and I regret not photographing and documenting many of the structures that have been in existence and have disappeared over the past 21 years that I have been driving. Now, I try to get out and photo-document the bridges that are left in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hennepin and Fillmore counties lead the way in historic bridge quantity in the state, but on the other hand, many counties in the state have no historically valuable bridges at all, which is quite sad.

In addition to bridges, I love classic cars, particularly cars from the late '60's to early '70's cars from the Big 3. I had a 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that I'd owned since 1996, but sold in 2012.

Recent Updates 

Tainter Creek Bridge (Private) (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Tainter Creek on Private Driveway
October 6, 2017: New Street View added
Tainter Creek Bridge (Private) (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Tainter Creek on Private Driveway
October 6, 2017: Added
Winneshiek Slough Bridge (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Deck truss bridge over Winneshiek Slough and BNSF Railroad on WI 82
October 6, 2017: New Street View added
Muscoda Bascule Bridge (Grant County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wisconsin River on State Highway 80
October 6, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected adjoining county--this bridge crosses into Richland County, not Crawford County.
Mickley Avenue Overpass (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Lost tee beam bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway on Mickley Avenue
August 28, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Green River Bridge (Grant County, Wisconsin)
Pony truss bridge over Green River on WI 133
August 18, 2017: New Street View added
Cherrytree Run Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Cherrytree Run on TR 587 (Harper Road)
June 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: GE shows new bridge here
Clark Fork Bridge (Sanders County, Montana)
Riveted 11-panel Parker through truss bridge over Clark Fork on CR 066
June 23, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Parker through truss
Long Meadow Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Long Meadow Lake on a pedestrian walkway in Bloomington
June 18, 2017: New photos
Apple River Bridge (St. Croix County, Wisconsin)
Deck truss bridge over Apple River on WI 35/WI 64 in Somerset
June 18, 2017: New photos
North Branch Root River MN 250 Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Branch Root River on MN 250
May 22, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status per forum post
Auburn Bridge (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Private driveway
April 27, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status--this bridge has collapsed, putting its future at risk.
Lost Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
2-span riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 100 East
April 19, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss design
BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge (Clay County, South Dakota)
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
March 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
Narrows Creek Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Truss bridge over Narrows Creek on WI 23/WI 154
February 10, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected all info
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: New photos
Sarpy Creek Bridge (Treasure County, Montana)
Pony truss bridge over Sarpy Creek on CR 011
January 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Warren pony truss with all verticals
Prairie Dog Creek Bridge (Harlan County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Woodruff
December 14, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected state and county per Robert's post
Williams Fork River CR 330 Bridge (Grand County, Colorado)
4-panel Pratt pony truss bridge over Williams Fork River on CR 330
December 12, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type and description.
Platte Purchase Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Cantilever through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Northbound US 69 in Kansas City
December 9, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been replaced.
Warm Springs Road Bridge (Fremont County, Wyoming)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Big Wind River on Airport Rd. (CR 21)
December 7, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status and location--bridge has been replaced.
4th Street Bridge (OLD) (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock River on 4th St.
December 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated county--this location is in Dodge County.
West Swan River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over West Swan River on CR 965
November 21, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows no bridge here
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows an incredible lack
Bear Creek Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been bypassed and left in place.
Ashburn Street Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Root River on MN 250 north of Lanesboro
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been replaced.
Harvey Mountain Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge in Colebrook Lake
September 19, 2016: Added
Knob Road Bridge (Walworth County, Wisconsin)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over White River on Knob Road (Abandoned)
September 3, 2016: New photos
Brown Road Bridge (Delaware County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Bokes Creek on TR 176
August 23, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
St. Anthony Parkway Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
5-span Warren through truss bridge over BNSF Railroad on St. Anthony Parkway in Minneapolis
August 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been removed
Platte River Bridge (Morrison County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Platte River on CR 353
July 8, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Gone; Morrison County is now truss-free.
Maple Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Lost through truss bridge over English River on Fir Avenue
June 16, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New Google Earth imagery shows this bridge lying in a pile with a lot of debris piled up on its west side
Freedom Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over IN-25 (Hoosier Heartland Highway) on the Monon High Bridge Trail
May 20, 2016: New Street View added
Rush River Bridge (Pierce County, Wisconsin)
Lost Riveted Parker through truss bridge over Rush River on US 63
May 18, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
Washita River OK 19 Bridge (Garvin County, Oklahoma)
Lost through truss bridge over Washita River on OK 19 in Pauls Valley
April 19, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--bridge has been replaced
Sheboygan River Bridge (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Concrete T-beam bridge over Sheboygan River on Lrd Alpine Road
April 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge type--this is a concrete T-beam bridge.
BNSF - Swinomish Channel Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Warren through truss w/ all verticals bridge over Swinomish Channel on Railroad
April 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: New Street View added
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: Added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: New Street View added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: Added
Dyreson Road Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Pinned Pratt through truss bridge over Yahara River on E. Dyreson Road
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge is now open
Milwaukee River Bridge (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Milwaukee River on Green Bay Street (WI 33) in Saukville
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss type
Oconto River Bridge (Oconto County, Wisconsin)
Lost Continuous pony truss bridge over Oconto River on WI 32
December 7, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
Cosumnes River Pedestrian Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Timber 3-span continuous Warren through truss bridge over Cosumnes River on Pedestrian Path
December 5, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected truss type--this is NOT a bowstring truss bridge.

Recent Comments 

Posted October 6, 2017

I just discovered this bridge on Google Earth--it's on a private driveway, and as such, has no NBI data associated with it. I don't know how long it has been since the bridge serviced a public road, but the bridge appears to be built in the early 1900's or 1910's.

Posted September 25, 2017

This phenomenon is not as unique as one would think...the effect on the rail is due to electrical induction, which is a result of the bridge rails being in close proximity to high-voltage transmission lines with the rails not having proper grounding. This same phenomenon was occurring on a new pedestrian bridge the MN Twin Cities area that was built about a decade ago now, where the bridge passed underneath a double-circuit 345kV line--people were actually getting significant electric shocks when they passed over the bridge, due to the railings not being grounded as well as the height of the steel fence railings on either side. The builders of the bridge were forced to add grounding to the railings, which has fixed the problem.

Posted September 19, 2017

Ish. I hate it. They could have at least used a replacement like the Embarrass River Bridge or the West Swan River bridge that we've just seen in the forum...this is just an eyesore. As Tony has pointed out, it would sure have been nice to keep the historic bridge in place, but the county's dead-in-the-water maintenance plan did not do it any favors--it was so deteriorated that there was no feasible way to save it.

Posted September 19, 2017

MnDOT does have some sort of re-use program in place, but only for a finite, pre-selected group. Most of these bridges are more notable and "rare" (they're ALL extremely rare now!); they seem to have considered these Warrens "common" and not worth salvaging; I don't know of any from up there that have been re-used. It's sad to see them all being wiped out; there were tons of these bridges when I was a kid; now there are none :'(

Posted September 18, 2017

I agree; it's certainly not an historic truss, but it beats Jersey barriers any day of the week! St. Louis County has been using this bridge type on county roads for several decades now; presumably to fit in a little bit better with their "rustic" atmosphere. They use Jersey and steel barriers on state and federal highways though.

Posted August 31, 2017

I would agree; it appears to basically have the same configuration as a 2-span Pratt.

Posted June 23, 2017

The Bing Streetside car has been through here; this is a beautiful Parker through truss bridge in an equally beautiful setting! Is it possible to add Bing Streetside views to the site? There are many bridges that have Streetside views that do not have GE Streetview.

Posted June 23, 2017

This one is hand-operated as well.

Posted June 20, 2017

I agree with Nathan's comment; however, considering the razor-thin escape from the wrecking ball that this bridge pulled off, I'm sure happy to see carriage bolts on this historic bridge over a new, ugly, MOB, which was the plan until only a couple of years ago!

Posted June 18, 2017

I went out with my family today and took photos of the newly restored bridge. Overall good restoration; most of the rivets along the bottom chords of the bridge have been replaced with bolts and the bearings have been replaced. Other than that, mainly blast and paint, and new concrete deck.

CSX - NC38 Overpass (North Carolina)
Posted June 2, 2017

Definitely not a steel stringer, but not a concrete rigid frame either--I would probably call this a slab.

Posted May 18, 2017

I believe that Robert was referring to the category that was assigned to the bridge, not the location. There is no dispute that this is the correct bridge, location, and it is the Fox River--however, the category that was previously assigned was the Fox River that passes between Green Bay and Appleton--Wisconsin has 2 Fox Rivers, which makes things confusing. This Fox River originates just north of Waukesha and passes through Burlington and down into Illinois. Just wanted to clear things up.

Posted May 6, 2017

I never said that they don't--just go whine about it on Facebook, not here. That's my point.

Posted May 6, 2017

Again, Robert, very well said. There is no excuse for complete lack of common sense, and responsibility certainly does not fall to any political entities; stupid is just that--stupid. Blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong just because you don't like him is just ridiculous. If we all did that, we'd be nailing Obama for every stupid thing that lack of common sense caused over the last eight years, but we did not do that. I'm honestly weary of listening to the political crap, coming from EITHER side, and I sure don't want to see it on this site! No, I'm not the webmaster, but this is the one place that I should be able to come to and not have to put up with it. That's what Facebook is for, and that's why I do not use that site or contribute to its cause. I come here for bridges and fellow bridgehunters, and that's it.

Woods Memorial Bridge (South Carolina)
Posted May 3, 2017

It rotates on its center pier, just the same as any other swing bridge. I'm not sure where the straight joint is that you refer to, but the joint between the approach roadway and the bridge deck is slightly curved to accommodate the rotation of the bridge span.